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Ultimate African Expedition

32 Day
Between Cape Town and Johannesburg
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Departing 15 August 2018
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In exploring Southern and East Africa on this itinerary, you’ll encounter many of its most awe-inspiring landmarks. View the sublime Table Mountain, even more spectacular if you’re fortunate enough to see it when clouds are draping gently over it. Marvel at the breathtaking Victoria Falls, where white rapids plunge over a hundred metres into the waters below. Explore the continent’s greatest national parks – Kruger, Chobe, the Masai Mara and Amboseli. And visit tribal villages where you’ll meet people and cultures pivotal to the region and its history.
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Day 1
Highlights: Welcome reception

Welcome to wonderful Cape Town. Enjoy an exclusive three night Special Stay, with spectacular views of the waterfront and Table Mountain. Tonight, meet your Tour Director for a welcome drink.

Day 2
Cape Town
Highlights: Table Mountain gondola, Freechoice

Ascend Table Mountain by rotating gondola for wondrous 360 degree views.

Freechoice

Sample South Africa’s finest vintages on a winelands tour. Alternatively, visit history rich Robben Island, take a township tour, or a Harley Davidson ride.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
Cape Town
Highlights: Cape Point, Penguin colony

Journey along the Atlantic coastline to Cape Point, stop at the Cape of Good Hope, then visit Boulders Beach, home to an African penguin colony.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Cape Town > Oudtshoorn
Highlights: Route 62 drive, Cango Caves

Stunning semi-desert scenery awaits en route to the town of Oudtshoorn. Later, discover a wonderland of underground chambers at the Cango Caves, among the largest in the world, before your overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Oudtshoorn > Knysna
Highlights: Lagoon cruise

Learn about Africa’s largest bird at a local ostrich farm, then head to Knysna on the Garden Route, famous for its oysters, where you’ll enjoy an overnight stay. Enjoy a scenic lagoon cruise with expert commentary on the region’s flora and fauna.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6
Port Elizabeth > Durban
Highlights: Tsitsikamma Rainforest

Travel along the Garden Route to Storm’s River Mouth in the Tsitsikama Rainforest. Later, board your flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban. Enjoy a two night Special Stay hotel, the ultimate in colonial charm and style.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7
Durban
Highlights: Enrich - High Tea

Discover today the beach side town of Durban, famous for its Indian and colonial influences.

Enrich

Learn about the Anglo-Boer war that took place close to Durban whilst sampling afternoon tea.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 8
Hluhluwe > Ghost Mountain
Highlights: Rhino Sanctuary, Enrich - Tribal dance

The Dolphin Coast region of Natal has a sea of sugarcane fields. Enter Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, world-renowned for its rhino conservation programme. Later, check into your elegant hotel for a two night stay at the foot of Zululand’s legendary Ghost Mountain.

Enrich

This evening, you’ll be treated to a mesmerising display of traditional Zulu dancing, complete with dramatic local drumming.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9
Ghost Mountain
Highlights: Hippo cruise, Enrich - Zulu village

Take a morning cruise on stunning Lake Jozini and view the wildlife at the water’s edge. It’ll be your first chance to see hippos in their native habitat.

Enrich

Visit a traditional Zulu community in the Lebombo Mountains, and be welcomed by the village chief for a private tour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Ghost Mountain > Swaziland
Highlights: Ezulwini Valley

Arrive in the tiny kingdom of Swaziland. You’ll journey through the magnificent valleys of Big Bend to your overnight stay in the Ezulwini Valley.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Swaziland > Kruger National Park
Highlights: Lion Sands Game Reserve

Kruger National Park borders stretches an impressive 450 kilometres. You’ll enjoy a two night Special Stay at Lion Sands River Lodge, situated on a private concession within the park. The Sabie River flows through it and is home to the highest recorded concentration of leopards in Africa. Take a game drive in an open safari vehicle this afternoon and look out for the ‘Big Five’ before soaking in the ambience while dining at your lodge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12
Lion Sands Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)
Highlights: Game drives, Scenic Freechoice

Limitless game viewing possibilities await as you traverse the entire Kruger National Park in specially adapted Land Rovers to track the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Freechoice

Encounter hippos by exploring the shores of the Sabie River on foot, with a game ranger, or enjoy a fascinating lecture on wildlife.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Panorama Route > Johannesburg
Highlights: Blyde River Canyon

Travel the magnificent Panorama Route on the way to Johannesburg. You’ll view the Blyde River Canyon, third deepest in the world, then visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Later, check into your stylish hotel for two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Johannesburg
Highlights: Enrich - Soweto tour

Enrich
Explore Soweto with your local guide and visit Nelson Mandela’s house. Learn about the 20th century South Africa at your visit to the Apartheid Museum.

Enrich

Explore Soweto with your local guide and visit Nelson Mandela’s house. Learn about the 20th century South Africa at your visit to the Apartheid Museum.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 15
Johannesburg > Victoria Falls
Highlights: Victoria Falls National Park

This morning, board your flight to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The world’s largest sheet of falling water rises up to 108 metres high and spans a gorge carved out of a flat plateau. Check into the marvellously colonial hotel for your three night Special Stay. Tonight’s outdoor dinner features a mesmerising display of traditional dancing.

Sundowners

Be treated to a special Sundowners cruise down the Zambezi River and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, drink in hand, just upstream from Victoria Falls.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Chobe National Park
Highlights: River cruise and game drive

Today is photography heaven as large concentrations of big game call Chobe National Park home. Embark on a game drive along the shoreline, where predators often come to drink. Later, enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River, home to huge herds of elephants and buffalo. Large pods of hippo and giraffe families inhabit the banks and surrounding woodlands.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 17
Victoria Falls
Highlights: Enrich - Meet the people

Later, witness the power of Victoria Falls with a tour of the Zimbabwean side of the world’s largest waterfall. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful Livingstone Restaurant to complete your day.

Enrich

Visit a typical Zimbabwean village to gain unique insights into traditional tribal life and meet the elephants as part of your visit the elephant sanctuary.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18
Victoria Falls > Nairobi
Highlights: Flight to Nairobi

Helicopter flight - Enjoy an optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls for magnificent views. Enquire for details – additional expense, please book on tour.

Later, fly to Nairobi and be transferred to your opulent hotel, situated on a private acreage, for your two night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 19
Nairobi
Highlights: Freechoice Dining

Start your day with an encounter with a giraffe and learn about these endangered animals. Relive the romance of the movie Out of Africa during a visit to Karen Blixen’s home before travelling to Kiambethu Tea Farm. Wander through the tea fields and hear the stories of the first commercially grown tea in Kenya.

Choose between the local Carnivores restaurant, famous for a wide variety of meat choices that are all roasted on a traditional Maasai sword over a fire pit. Or enjoy dinner at the Mandhari restaurant located at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 20
Amboseli National Reserve
Highlights: Game drive, Mt Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, commands the horizon as you approach Amboseli National Reserve. Massive herds of elephants migrate across dry plains, linking swamps with open pastures. On your game drives today and tomorrow, cheetahs and prides of lions can often be seen stalking the plains. Your lodge, your home for two nights, is situated beside a major elephant trail with views of the mountain.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 21
Amboseli National Reserve
Highlights: Enrich - Maasai village, Sundowners

Enrich
Visit a traditional Maasai village and learn about this complex and proudly independent culture, and their close association with the wild animals.

Sundowners
Climb to the top of Observation Hill and gaze at the sunset views over Amboseli National Reserve, drink in hand.

Enrich

Visit a traditional Maasai village and learn about this complex and proudly independent culture, and their close association with the wild animals.

Sundowners

Climb to the top of Observation Hill and gaze at the sunset views over Amboseli National Reserve, drink in hand.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 22
Amboseli National Reserve > Nanyuki
Highlights: Waterhole game viewing

Journey north to Ol Petaja Conservancy. Tonight you’ll stay at Sweetwaters Tented Safari Camp, situated right next to a waterhole.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 23
Nanyuki > Shaba National Reserve
Highlights: Chimpanzee sanctuary

Visit a sanctuary for endangered chimpanzees, then take in magical views of Mount Kenya as you continue north to the Samburu ecosystem in central Kenya. You’ll get to enjoy a two night stay at your lodge, which straddles the river that waters the adjacent reserves.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 24
Samburu & Buffalo Springs Reserves
Highlights: Game drives

Today, marvel at the diverse range of wildlife, including the Reticulated giraffe, the tree climbing gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle and the rare Grevy’s zebra, along with a multitude of other big game.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 25
Mount Kenya
Highlights: Wonderful views of Mount Kenya

Arrive at  your wonderful Special Stay hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing at your charming property.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 26
Lake Nakuru National Park
Highlights: Views of Lake Nakuru

The shallow alkaline lake near the town of Nakuru is home to flamingos, pelicans and other birds. Enjoy a two night stay at your lodge, overlooking the lake. Take game drives in search for black and white rhino, giraffe and many other species.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 27
Lake Nakuru
Highlights: Game drive, Enrich - Orphanage

Enrich
Visit the Lake Nakuru Baby Orphanage Centre, established by an Australian family and enjoy lunch with the children.

Enrich

Visit the Lake Nakuru Baby Orphanage Centre, established by an Australian family and enjoy lunch with the children.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 28
Masai Mara Reserve
Highlights: The Great Migration (Jul-Sept)

The Masai Mara is home to 95 species of animals and over 400 species of birds. The annual Great Migration from July to September attracts over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and impala, a phenomenon that has to be seen to be appreciated. Spend three nights at your camp inside the reserve.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 29
Masai Mara Reserve
Highlights: Game drives

Game drives through the Masai Mara encompass all types of animals, from lion, cheetah and leopard, to vast herds of antelope and zebra. During migration season your game rangers will give you the chance to see the crossings at the Mara River, renowned for its crocodiles.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 30
Masai Mara Reserve
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice

Hot air balloon flight - Experience the savannah at dawn from a hot air balloon. Enquire for details – additional expense, please book on tour.

Freechoice

Walk the savannah with your Maasai guide or take a cooking class.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 31
Masai Mara > Johannesburg
Highlights: Enrich - Bush breakfast, Flight over the Masai Mara

Board your light aircraft for a scenic flight over the reserve to Nairobi, then fly to Johannesburg for your final night.

Enrich

Enjoy an exclusive farewell bush breakfast on the open plains of the Masai Mara.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 32
Johannesburg
Highlights: Farewell

Transfer to Johannesburg Airport, with a suitcase full of unforgettable memories.

Meals included: Breakfast
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